Perthshire Advertiser

Museums and libraries close after level change

- ROBBIE CHALMERS

A number of public libraries and museums in Perth and Kinross have closed until further notice.

Culture Perth and Kinross temporaril­y halted public admission to all its archives, libraries, museums and galleries from Christmas Eve.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery was already closed to the public slightly earlier, on Tuesday, December 22.

Culture PK libraries in Blairgowri­e, Breadalban­e and the AK Bell in Perth also closed on Thursday.

The decision comes following the Scottish Government’s announceme­nt that Scotland will move into tier four of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns from Boxing Day for three weeks.

Culture PK will continue to monitor the situation in discussion with Perth and Kinross Council as “the situation is fast-moving, and dates are likely to change at short notice”.

Helen Smout, CEO of Culture PK, said: “It will sadden me to see our doors close and to know it may be some time before they reopen.

“Moving into tier four is a disappoint­ing yet necessary move in the fight against the coronaviru­s and we must keep our customers and staff as safe as we can.

“In the meantime, our libraries in Blairgowri­e, Breadalban­e and the AK Bell in Perth remain open until December 23, and I would encourage any customers wishing to take out books to do so before we shut our doors for Christmas.

“We also remain very much open for business online throughout the festive period and beyond with a wide range of free digital resources available for use, including e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers.

“We’ve also launched a brandnew website CPK Play which is an exciting addition to our online offer with creative and inspiring activities to complete, projects and topics to explore.”

Library users are reminded that library book loan deadlines will be suspended and there are no fines until the end of March 2021, so no one should worry about holding onto their library books until services can reopen.

Library users can continue to access the wide range of online resources for free with their library cards.

Culture Perth and Kinross said it will continue to monitor the guidance from the Scottish Government and public health institutio­ns and will post further updates on its website and social media pages in the new year.

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Closing AK Bell Library

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